Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) warms up before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions News and Notes

Scanning the Savanna searches the web for Detroit Lions news and notes each morning and brings it to your fingertips in one easy location.

It’s vital for Megatron to have good training camp, too
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson recently was voted the No.2 player in the NFL behind Peyton Manning by his peers, according to the NFL Network. But Johnson’s importance to the Lions’ offense is so crucial that among his own team his ranking should go well beyond No. 1.

Presenting the Lions’ All-Overhyped Team: Offense
Jeremy Reisman — Pride Of Detroit

Throughout the Internet age, players have never been as good as they are in the offseason. Fans vigorously dig through training camp reports hoping to find the one gem that will be the source of all the team’s hopes and dreams. It happens every year. 32 teams “win” the offseason, as every single team has a player that “you have to watch for.” Whether it was a free-agency pick-up you cannot believe your team snagged or the late-round draft pick who has an impossibly high ceiling, your team has one, and he’ll be amazing.

…until he isn’t.

Enthusiastic Darryl Tapp to provide rotational support
Tim Twentyman —

The Detroit Lions signed Darryl Tapp this offseason to replace Willie Young on the edge of their defensive line.

Tapp, who played two seasons with Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn in Philadelphia, was with Washington last season as an outside linebacker, but will play defensive end in Detroit.

Three reasons Ndamukong Suh is key to the defense
Paula Pasche — Oakland Press

Ndamukong Suh seems to be a polarizing player — fans love him or not so much. He hasn’t embraced the city of Detroit like many of the Lions have, but he excels on the field.

Here are three reasons the Detroit Lions defensive tackle is so important to the defense.

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